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The Star Spangled Radio Hour: 200 and Beyond

April 3, 2014

Rick Crandall (left), Dennis M. Spragg (seated) and legendary South African broadcaster Henry Holloway

Saturday, April 5, 2014, The Star Spangled Radio Hour will celebrate its 200th broadcast and Fourth Anniversary “On The Air”. The co-production of the University of Colorado Boulder Glenn Miller Archive and Entercom Communications KEZW Studio 1430, Denver has become the world’s most popular weekly radio series dedicated to original radio broadcasts by big bands and popular entertainers of the 1930s and 1940s. From jazz to popular classics the broadcast presents high quality and often content not heard since the original broadcasts over the commercial networks or the Armed Forces Radio Service. In addition to the Glenn Miller Archive’s legendary namesake, over 400 original broadcasts featuring dozens of famous artists have been featured in the series, including Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como and many more. The Star Spangled Radio Hour is broadcast every Saturday at 6:00 p.m. MDT (GMT-6) over KEZW and streamed worldwide via the Internet. Programs are archived and available on-demand for the convenience of listeners at the KEZW website. The partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and Entercom Communications provides a unique and truly beneficial service that furthers the responsibility to preserve, enhance and share our American musical heritage. Co-productions of the partners have also included numerous holiday specials and commemorations on the anniversary of historic events, including the 2011 anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The Breakfast Club has been broadcast live from the CU Heritage Center.  The partners look forward to offering many more programs and specials moving forward, including an upcoming D-Day special, commemorating the 2014 anniversary of Operation Overlord.   

The 200th program in the series will feature 70th anniversary 1944 original NBC broadcasts of the Kraft Music Hall starring Bing Crosby and The Chesterfield Music Shop starring Johnny Mercer with guest Jack Teagarden.

The hosts of the Star Spangled Radio Hour are Rick Crandall and Dennis M. Spragg. Rick Crandall is Program Manager of KEZW and the popular host of the Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. KEZW Breakfast Club. Rick is a well-known and visible member of the Colorado community, activist for our veterans and their families and co-founder of the Colorado Freedom Memorial. Dennis M. Spragg is the author of the much-anticipated book Resolved, the definitive biography of Glenn Miller’s military service, which will comprehensively present the factual circumstances of Miller’s disappearance December 15, 1944 for the first time. He is Senior Consultant for the Glenn Miller Archive and member of the American Music Research Center Advisory Board.

The Star Spangled Radio Hour takes its inspiration from the 1949 book Star Spangled Radio by Edward M. Kirby and Jack Harris and the historic partnership between commercial broadcasting and the government in World War II that created the Armed Forces Radio Service and American Forces Network led by their colleagues Thomas H. A. Lewis and John S. Hayes.

The Glenn Miller Archive website can be found here:

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